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GOP Tax Bill To Eliminate Teacher Deductions On School Supplies

Posted: 11:04 PM, Nov 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-18 05:09:02Z

Educators who spend hundreds of dollars out of their own pocket to buy school supplies may have to spend more because of the proposed Republican tax reform plan.

The plan eliminates the deduction teachers can take for buying their own school supplies for students.

Under current law, teachers are eligible for a tax deduction of up to $250 dollars.

Croft Middle School teacher Deborah Davis averages about $500 to $1000 a year. She said eliminating the deduction would not help her.

"My school it helps a lot. They give us a lot of things for students and stuff but when you're talking about the hands on STEM and STEAM stuff it gets expensive. 

She's worried that parents may have to fit more of the bill when some are already frugal.

"The parents want to send in stuff. You know, they want to but it’s tight for them too. It’s hard," the educator of 12 years said.

Republicans have argued that the bill will simplify the tax code and reduce taxes overall.